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    Pixel I am so sorry to hear your news. I read your post and I have been devastated for you all weekend. The disappointment must be heartbreaking. Did the doctor mention why you had positive preg tests? is this a side effect of the progesterone injections? does this give a false positive? You are in my thoughts.

    We have just signed a contract to secure our donor and Cape Town bound mid June. I can't imagine how you feel but sharing your story gives us all a dose of reality so thank you for sharing. My DH and I talked about the reality of a negative test on the weekend and it was good for us to prepare ourselves for it. We have decided to go away to Europe after the transfer and have a great memorable holiday and be together when we find out the result. Whilst staying positive is what everyone tells you, sometimes it's not so easy so we have to embrace these opportunities knowing not all of us will get a positive. I hope you are doing OK and Sending you big hugs

    i still don't know how to update the roll call but if anyone does I'm seeing Dr Wiswedel mid June in Cape Town. Looks like there will be a few of us there in June. I think CFC should disclose they own EDSA as it seems a bit underhanded. I found donor selection quite difficult but I was drawn to one and my DH also selected her so it was a sign for us. Good luck to all on this journey

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    Pixel, I am so sorry it didn't work out for you this time. So frustrating and heartbreaking

    Makeba- those are fantastic numbers

    I'm waiting to hear when my donor has her screening appointment, Karin emailed Thursday to let me know they were only waiting on her info to come through from Nurture so hopefully the appointment is made today

    Hi everyone, hope your all well!!!

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    Hi Ladeis,

    I had my IVIg infusion on Sunday and I'm starting to feel much better on the meds after experiencing headaches behind the eyes and nausea. It's actually been the worst I've ever experienced. The prednisolone is giving me crazy insomnia so I spoke to my FS and he wants me to take some sleeping pills cause he said that less then 6 hours sleep a night will put so much stress on my body so not sleeping sufficiently is much worse then taking a few sleeping pills. So I had one last night and slept a whole 8 hours! (9.00pm-5.00am). Today I feel brilliant. Hopefully it has broken the insomnia cycle but at least I have them there for the plane and to help overcome jet lag.
    Leaving for my FET in Cape Town in one week! There is SO much to do before I leave. My sister & neices are staying at my house looking after DS. I've so many lists and slowly ticking things off. Starting to get nervous that my two embies won't survive the thaw!! Ahhhhh nooooo I'm not even going to go there!! I think that way of thinking will send me mad so I'm going to be positive and stay strong!

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    Helenmac I am so happy for you. It's been such a long and tough journey for you it must seem quite surreal that the time is almost here. I am confident magic will happen for you in SA and will be thinking of you.

    AFM - I think I have been luckier than Nicole on the sickness front but the 1 or 2 days a week I am sick it is really bad. I'm learning to control it with the right food and waking up at 4am to have some peanut butter toast or a cheese sandwich fixes me for the day 99% of the time. Just keep snacking seems to be the key!! When I'm not sick I'm generally still a bit shocked and overwhelmed - the doctor should have said "congrats you're having twins, do you realise you will need a new EVERYTHING??" You think after years of IVF and hoping for this day that when it gets there all those years make you more prepared but they don't haha. We are so blessed but honestly we do need a new everything. This week we start packing up our very impractical little 100 yr old 2 bedroom house in the city to prepare for renovations and will have to move to the inlaws for 6 weeks. Neither of our 2 small cars are going to cut it with a twin pram (they are HUGE) and 2 car seats so at least 1 new car is on the list, and I'm trying to get my head around the fact that I may have to walk away from the company I have just spent 2 years building (unless I hire some help at home which just makes me feel guilty already)...unfortunately there's no maternity leave when you are a contractor. Yes twins changes everything - but after seeing them both wriggling around in yesterdays scan we wouldn't change it for the world. DH finally believes it's true and is now no longer freaking out about the fact the best and most practical twin pram that little 5ft 3 me can lift costs $1,800 haha.
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    Helenmac- just want to wish you the best for your FET

    Missleo- oh wow you are changing everything best to do it now rather then later though or at least that's what I would be telling my DH Glad you've got your morning sickness figured out!!


    My donor has her screening appointment next Wed, how long does it normally take from that point to get the treatment schedule? I was thinking about 3 weeks or so?

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    DONOR SEARCHING
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    Sunny15 (Cape Town June/July) EDSA & Dr Wiswedel
    January (Cape Town early July) Dr Wiswedel
    DJShears (Cape Town/July) EDSA & Dr Wiswedel
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    Thank you Twowhites now I understand why he recommended them. I will still search the other agencies and go with who I like.

    Abundance I just highlighted a previous roll call and pasted it into a new box then just changed the details around for you.

    Helenmac very exciting for you, I was just wondering as you had mentioned your eggs and the thaw can you access the egg bank while you and hubbie are there as a back up. Not that you will need it and I'm sorry that question has come out weird and sort of negative it's not meant to be.

    I'm off before I make things read worse than what I meant. Have a great day ladies I'm putting the webbed feet back on and going out in the rain.

    Babywish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missleo View Post

    AFM - I think I have been luckier than Nicole on the sickness front but the 1 or 2 days a week I am sick it is really bad. I'm learning to control it with the right food and waking up at 4am to have some peanut butter toast or a cheese sandwich fixes me for the day 99% of the time. Just keep snacking seems to be the key!! When I'm not sick I'm generally still a bit shocked and overwhelmed - the doctor should have said "congrats you're having twins, do you realise you will need a new EVERYTHING??" You think after years of IVF and hoping for this day that when it gets there all those years make you more prepared but they don't haha. We are so blessed but honestly we do need a new everything. This week we start packing up our very impractical little 100 yr old 2 bedroom house in the city to prepare for renovations and will have to move to the inlaws for 6 weeks. Neither of our 2 small cars are going to cut it with a twin pram (they are HUGE) and 2 car seats so at least 1 new car is on the list, and I'm trying to get my head around the fact that I may have to walk away from the company I have just spent 2 years building (unless I hire some help at home which just makes me feel guilty already)...unfortunately there's no maternity leave when you are a contractor. Yes twins changes everything - but after seeing them both wriggling around in yesterdays scan we wouldn't change it for the world. DH finally believes it's true and is now no longer freaking out about the fact the best and most practical twin pram that little 5ft 3 me can lift costs $1,800 haha.
    Congratulations on the twins and welcome to the world of buying two of everything!
    We ended up buying a new SUV so that we could fit the twin pram in and the babies as well. Having said that they take up 2/3 of the car and left DH and I with the front seats and some room behind the front seats. We bought a Valco spark duo which was around $700 and could be used from birth. The bassinet converted into a seat which could face either way (facing you or outwards) so didn't have the extra cost of accessories. The weight wasn't an issue as I figured I wasn't going to go out too often alone with twins in the early days so DH could carry it in and out of the car!

    Good luck to all the ladies on their IVF journey and hope I haven't intruded with an off-topic post.


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    Helenmac - you don't know how happy it makes me to read that your long awaited journey is about to begin. Your patience has been so very inspirational and now is your time to shine Hun. As for the prednisone, it's an awful drug. I was completely wired on it also. Are you taking it in the mornings?

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    Firstly thank you all for words of encouragement and big hugs all around
    I can't tell you how much your support has helped, just knowing there are others who have gone through the journey and know how many decisions, steps, medications etc are needed to get to our dreams.
    I am feeling a little lost as I start the process again.
    On one hand I think just pick another donor and go for it and it was just a case of no luck this time but one the other hand I feel i need to explore more medical testing in case my RA is more complicated than the FS has thought, he always said it was my low egg numbers that was my problem but given i have one ED round under my belt he may agree to the NK testing.

    Helenmac Thank you for your advice and info, I will do the NK testing first and then quiz you on the IVIg etc. You definitely have all bases covered for your upcoming FET and should be very confident and proud of yourself to have got to this stage it takes a lot of time and effort - well done. l'm so excited for you and hope that all goes to plan , so hard to sleep with so much on the "to do" list and so many medications pumping through us.

    missleo I totally agree l am focused on getting to the pregnant stage that I will have no idea what is needed practically for one child let alone twins

    Two whites - thinking of you, so hard to wait, but not long now

    Laned so sorry to hear about your loss for your darling puppy dogs, I know how much animals mean in our lives and there time with us never feels long enough. As for the TCM really when working along side other medical practitioners both need to respect each others areas of expertise, last thing you need to be justifying your treatment plan.

    Makeba hope EC went well
    hope everyone else is traveling along well

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    Laned - Thank you for your kind words. Yes I'm taking pred in the morning. I think I just got stuck in a insomnia cycle as there is so much on my mind. I'm feeling more relaxed as my 'to do' list is getting shorter. Last night I didn't have a sleeping tablet and I slept great!! Hope you are going well. It's getting closer for you!! So exciting!

    Missleo - Thank you yes I do hope that the magic is with me this time! Great that you are going well in your pregnancy and snacking is the key! All the best staying with the in-laws for the next 6 weeks lol

    Crystal - Thank you for your wishes. Yes I think that sounds about right, I remember waiting about 3 weeks for my treatment plan after the donor screening.

    Babywish - That's ok for asking that question. No hubby isn't going with me so there is added pressure. I'm going by myself and this is our FINAL attempt. Also we decided that DH wouldn't leave any frozen sperm last time we were there. Of course I wish this outcome to be with a pregnancy but in all honestly I'm so SO HAPPY to be closing this long journey too!! We are extremely blessed to already have a child (DS 3yrs). So either way I'm going to be relieved that there will be no more ivf, immune meds, acupuncture etc and my life won't be on hold anymore. I can plan my future goals and have closure and move forward in my life!! YAY! It's taken 8 years to feel this way. The hardest thing will be IF the embryo's both don't survive the thaw and I don't get a chance for transfer. It's highly unlikely to happen but it would be difficult to accept closure if I didn't have my FINAL attempt. SO, hopefully all will be ok with the thawing and the outcome will be POSITIVE!!!

    Pixel - Glad that you are going ok. If you do decide to be tested for high NK cells then you will have piece of mind whichever way it goes. Here's a tip, Cape Fertility Clinic do Intripilids (similar to IVIg) for immune issues so if you couldn't have it done in Perth there is always back up to have in Cape Town, if you needed it. Wishing you all the very best whatever you decide.
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